Target Scam Gift Card Text Message

Did you get a text saying you won a Target gift card? Unfortunately, it's a common scam, and has been going on for several years.

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The text we received read:

Your entry last month has WON! Go to (LINK REMOVED) and enter your Winning Code “6655” to claim your FREE $500 Target Giftcard!

If you look carefully at the URL, they want you to think it’s from “target.com” but actually it’s from ppdf.biz. They disguise it with target.com.ppdf.biz, but that’s not Target.com! Take a look at the whois on this domain and you’ll see that it was created just last week and is located in Panama. Still believe them?

When you visit the site, the top says it’s a $1000 gift card – not $500. If you go there and enter the code, you’ll be redirected to another page. It looks official, but it’s not. Reading the fine print at the bottom reveals that it’s just another “rewards” program in which you’ll be asked to sign up for a long list of programs which will be nearly impossible to fulfill.

It looks official but it’s not, no matter how cute the dog is.

I tried calling the number back, only to hear a message telling me the user has not set up their voice mail. Do you think that’s a coincidence?

This site’s terms & conditions reference DailyDealFinder.com. That domain is most likely the original site from which this template was taken. DailyDealFinder.com was the subject of an earlier post here for a “free” iPad, based on a similar rewards program. Oddly, the Terms for this site start off:

DailyDealFinder.com
MEMBER INCENTIVE PROGRAM PARTICIPATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS.

Last Modified October 15, 2009

Bottom Line
There is no $500 or $1000 Target gift card to be “won” by anyone. It’s a “rewards” program that’s nearly impossible to complete and not even worth the time you’ve spent reading this.

I’ve also seen target.myrewards2go.com with a similar “offer” though it’s unclear whether or not these are related. What is certain is that it is yet another “rewards” offer which requires you and your friends to sign up – so it’s not really “free” either.

A similar “service” out there is 100CardNow.com which is hooked in with OnlineRewardsClub.com. This is a similar, if not related, “rewards” program which requires your participation in 13 “sponsor offers.”

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  • christine caruso

    this was a real bummer i must admit they must be stopped!

  • denise oel

    thanks for the advise I did what you did.

  • kay

    I just receive a text from target that I have won 500.00 gift card.Someone needs to stop these people and arrest them.I am sure this is not legal.It needs to be stopped.

  • sam

    I gave my address because I thought it was real. what should I do? I deleted the text and dont have the number

  • June

    I got the same one and stupidly put in all my information… Am i at risk for being a identity theft victim?

    • Tanya

      I also put in all my information….Are we at risk? Anyone?

      • waffles

        You will almost certainly be hit with telemarketers, etc., but I haven’t heard any reports of identity theft in this specific case.

  • jose

    what do you do to stop it if you fall for it?

  • waffles

    Thanks Lora – I updated your original comment with your fixed number, to avoid double comments :-)

  • sharlene

    i got that too just now saying you won a gift card from target but the site didnt even work!, i thought i really won something because i did enter a drawing in school smh i was all happpy because i thought i actually won :(

  • al

    i believe these people are phishing from craigslist ads.

  • Tom Esparza, OKC

    If you are on AT&T, forward the spam text to 7726. AT&T will respond & ask for your phone number. If you think this message is spam, just check AT&T’s website for ‘spam text’, to find this information :-) I created a Contact called ‘SPAM Forward To’ so it is easy to forward this junk when received!

    • waffles

      Hey Tom, thanks so much for pointing this out. We’re going to post an article about this.

  • Christen

    Crap. Moment of insanity, actually entered my info. What do you think they can do with my DOB and street address?

  • nikie

    me too. the annoying this is, i actually did fill out one of those Target surveys they have at the bottom of receipts for the chance to win a gift card. how sucky that it’s not real!

  • maronissa

    What should I do if I accidentally entered my information?????

  • Bonnie

    Also another funny thing was that I never entered anything.

  • TJ

    Just got one in Fl. (727) AC. I remember this happening when I signed up for snagajob awhile back. Anyone else?

  • robert

    got one fos

  • waffles

    They are probably unrelated.

  • B.

    I got this today too, wasn’t even thinking scam, until I saw the second page. I entered my name and address along with my phone number. I noticed on the second page that there was something amiss. Tell me I did not make a huge mistake?!?! I was being careful not to give any sensitive info (they already had my phone.

    ?? Should I be worried?

    • waffles

      I wouldn’t worry too much. At least you didn’t give more sensitive data such as your social security number!

  • Kristen

    I was charged $262.68 for two mineral makeup companies, I was out of town when they ariived therefor missing the timeline to send them back. I called both companies who said I checked that I acknowledge the policy. I did not. Does anyone know how I can get the charges taken off my credit card?

  • Eeners

    I feel so stoopid now…oy! I never click on things via email, not sure what possessed me to do it via text.

  • Janet Hernandez

    Megusta mucho la tienda ay super ofertas

  • Janet Hernandez

    Megusta mucho.

  • Kathleen Blake

    I just received this same message this morning at 6am – my husband received the same text on his phone before 4 am this morning. I’d like to know how I could file a complaint, the junk text is one thing but sending anything to someone’s phone that is received at 4 AM is pure B.S. I know it’s done through a computer but just needed to vent!

  • CiCi

    Same here, haha. The exact same number. Glad to know I’m not the only one who was thinking, “Wow, this is weird…” and had the sense to see if this was happening to others.

  • Mark Bonilla

    I got this message too…just a hacker trying to seek trouble

  • e

    same deal here, got a text at like 5:30am with the same url and ‘code’. worst part about it? i’m on a prepaid cell with limited minutes, just opening this piece of crap cost me $.

  • Judy

    Make that $1000 gift card

  • Ynita

    Me and Sandy had the same code number 84758 for target scam

  • waffles

    Wow they really like you huh? :-)

  • Laurie

    Has anyone emailed them back? Are they putting spyware of anything on the emailer? What should someone do who has answered?

  • Jas

    That is exactly what mine was too. Same number and web address

  • Bobby

    The message said my names Kyle. Youre mobile i in 3rd. You won a $1000 gift card to target. I was entered in a raffle earlier this month so I though it was real. Only after I put my name and address in did I realize it was a scam. What should I do?

    • waffles

      They probably can’t do much with your name and address. They’re really just trying to get people to sign up for their “rewards” program.

  • Lauri

    I got the same message. Woulda been a life saver this Christmas. So bummed………….

  • LOM

    I received the exact same one as Janet this morning & was suspicious right away. Thanks for the info!

  • nina Goodarzy

    Hi I got a text and it said that I won ps.I love your stuff

  • mil

    Got the same message from the same number with code number 74637.

  • Victor

    All of these emails and phone numbers can be spoofed, and keeping a record of them is irrelevant. What we need is a service to compare where we’ve given out our phone numbers and emails to figure out the source of these spammers obtaining our data. I get the same spam to my phone and business email. I rarely give out either, which means some company or entity’s database has been compromised and we need to figure out which one in order to have any chance of resolving the problem.

  • Kim

    I don’t know what I’m feeling more right now…thankful I found this website or pissed because the offer is a scam. Like most, we are desperate for money. I received an email from the Cruz Murray person for shark energy drink after applying for jobs online. I didn’t make my resume public, so I’m thinking they must be posting fake positions. This just really makes me sick! I’m not looking for easy money…I just need a job so I can make money. These people are the lowest type of scum!